Partnership with CMD-Kenya - DLDP

DLDP

Danish Liberal Democracy Programme

Partnership with CDM-Kenya

DLDP has partnered with CMD-Kenya since 2011 with the purpose of strengthening the democratic development in Kenya. The overall objective of the partnership is to enhance the institutional capacity of political parties in Kenya in the areas of communication and youth development.

In July 2014, DLDP received funding from DIPD to continue our project in Kenya for another three years. 

Kenya_CMD-Kenya and DLDP teams meeting Nairobi.jpgThe DLDP-team and CMD-Kenya in Kenya

The main focus of our project is on communication and youth participation. In addition to these areas, we also support parties in Kenya in their work with policy development.

Communication
CMD-Kenya currently hosts the unique dialogue platform of political parties in the country. Improved communication skills and awareness will allow political parties to enhance the quality of their discussions even at this level where issues of national importance will become more relevant than parochial discussions and interests.

The focus in the communication component of DLDP's project with CMD-Kenya revolves around the following areas:

  • Enhancing internal and external communication of political parties in Kenya across party cadres and the electorates and to ensure a continued reference to party manifestos in between elections.

  • Improving multiparty democratic practices where parties espouse their various agendas, ideologies and policies as opposed to ethnic and personality driven politics and mobilization.

  • Enhancing the capacity of political parties in Kenya through sustained meaningful participation of youth in between elections while articulating their youth agenda.

  • Improving multiparty dialogue and cooperation


Youth participation
The youth development component focuses on:

  • Enhancing the institutional capacity of political parties in Kenya through an increased participation of the youth below 35 years of age.

  • Strenthening the capacity of elected youths at National and County level to remain faithful to and promoting their party manifestos.

  • Support young politicians to ensure the implementation of youth aspirations as captured in the youth charter

  • Strengthen youth wings into focused formidable units to provide a platform for articulating youth aspirations in mainstream politics.

DLDP also investigates the opportunities to establish a party-to-party partnership.

Acievements so far
The project has been successful in enhancing the institutional capacity of political parties in Kenya through an increased participation in political parties of young people below 35.

Also, the project has contributed to the the development of innovative communication strategies for several parties in Kenya. 

It has been encouraging to observe the positive response of the political parties to DLDP activities and support during the project period.

Read more about CMD-Kenya here